Healthy Holiday Smiles are just what the doctor ordered here at Dentistry for Children. To help us find those smiles, we are counting our blessings during this magical holiday time.
Counting Teeth, Blessings, and Healthy Holiday Smiles
As we approach the Holidays of Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza, we have noticed our young patients growing almost electric with excitement and energy. It’s just a little more difficult than normal to keep their minds on such things as dental hygiene.
Likewise, we never tire of the story-song, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” Although we were recently very much amused by a recent version from the octagenarian grandmother of our patients.
She had her own version of the song and wanted implants for her two favorite back-teeth for Christmas. (By the way, we hear her dentist complied with her wish!)
Keeping Our Healthy Holiday Smiles: A Season of Anticipation
There also seems to be a great deal of holiday talk around our Oviedo, Florida office. It’s all about bikes, puppies, and video games. We always begin dental exams with the little ones by counting teeth.
However, as we stated above, during this season we also have become mindful of counting something else—our blessings.
So we would like to stray from our usual dental topics and blog a little about how we can count blessings and create healthy holiday smiles.
So How Do You Create Those Healthy Holiday Smiles?
If we are talking about teeth, you know we are going to tell you about brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups. So, we might even remind you not to eat too many holiday sweets.
Let’s go deeper, today, even deeper than the roots of teeth. You see, we believe that if you know how to count your blessings, you can provoke holiday smiles.
It’s a little more difficult than counting teeth. And we know that smiles are not always the easiest things to find as we face COVID-19 and other challenges of 2020.
Finding a Way to Count Your Blessings
Experts tell us the trick is not just to count each blessing, but to count it intently and intentionally.
1. Do everything with your full attention. (Focus all your senses on the task at hand. For example, did you ever try to brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand? It might be harder than you think.)
2. Enjoy simple pleasures. (Our little children can often teach us this skill.)
3. Make time for other people, even if it means Zoom time, phone time, or drive-by greeting time!
4. “Count your blessings.” This year when we say count your blessings, we don’t mean the time-honored vision of counting them until you fall asleep. We mean “Count Them, Wide Awake.” There can be no better time than this holiday for our simple exercise.
By the way, our dentist, Dr. Troy King says you can even count your blessings while you brush your teeth!
And certainly, you can count those blessings whether you are a girl or a boy or a Mom or Dad. Then, you can find some healthy Holiday Smiles, too.
Our Christmas Inspiration
Our Christmas inspiration is simply to call to mind a couple of things or events from your ordinary day. Think of things for which you can be grateful. (Of course, we at Dentistry for Children would like to see this thoughtful activity become a daily habit, like brushing or flossing!)
A Time and A Place for Wishing
We are all for the tradition of happy Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanza wishes, however–
5. Don’t wish your time away or how will you find your healthy Holiday Smiles? In tough times, COVID-19, jobs, or personal economic situations can get us down. It’s tempting to just wish it away… Wishing all were “back to normal…”
However, it’s impossible to count your blessings if you are constantly wishing for “now” to go away. Please, do not let too many days slip by day-dreaming about the future.
Instead, we hope you count the blessing of little events that are a part of the unfolding process of life. Small blessings lead to big ones. At Dentistry for Children, we believe in counting them both.
6. No matter what holiday you are getting ready to celebrate, we believe you can start by quitting the pessimistic saying, “I’ll be happy when…’ Be happy now, even if it’s only about little things, like that healthy new tooth!
The Happiness Decision
Happiness is sometimes simply a choice, like brushing your healthy teeth.
- Choosing happiness is similar to choosing to count your blessings. It’s a choice to count as a blessing.
- Likewise, we must choose to count and maintain healthy teeth.
- And you must also decide to give a smile—even under a mask!
You have a choice and remember, tomorrow is given to no one. That’s not just a COVID-19 lesson. It’s always been a fact of life.
Counting Our Blessings Provokes Holiday Smiles
Firstly, we know a Holiday gift that costs nothing: A smile! Smiles bring holiday magic. And there are other advantages to this abstract gift:
- You don’t have to wrap a smile to give it away.
- It’s an appropriate gift for, friends, relatives, family members, business acquaintances, and even the people you pass in the halls of the malls.
- Your Healthy Holiday Smile is a customized gift from your unique heart.
- And it comes in one-size-fits-all.
Here at Dentistry for Children, the owners and staff are sending you healthy Holiday Smiles and greetings.
We wish you Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a Blessed Kwanza. No matter which holiday of the season you honor, we send our smiles and Season’s Greetings in the hope of brightening your day.
What’s In Our Holiday Smiles?
We are not referring to the flat or frozen smile you use on-demand. Instead, please, for this holiday season, we implore you to give us an authentic smile.
You know the one. Authentic smiles start in your heart, curve up your lips, and illuminate your eyes.
- Just think of a blessing and you can find the smile begin.
- Likewise, this smile can be provoked by something as simple as twinkling holiday lights, a random bit of memorable holiday music, or a happy child.
Scientific Facts of a Holiday Smile
Since we are healthcare givers here at your dental home, it seems we should investigate smiles factually and scientifically.
Sarah Stevenson recently reported on the science behind a smile in Psychology Today. Then, she revealed several physical reasons the smile makes a mystical connection and a magical gift.
1. Our Holiday Smile is Contagious: She said that Scientists and “spiritual teachers alike agree that the simple act can transform you and the world around you.” Wow. Did you know your smiles make you more attractive?
2. Making a Smile Boosts your own Mood. This rings true even if it takes a little extra effort. So think of a Happy Holiday memory, and grin a little as you read. Let’s see if it brightens your day.
3. How a Smile Affects Your Brain
According to the experts, “Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. So, the act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.”
And Now, a Healthy Holiday Smile from and for Your Dental Team at Your Dental Home
Dentists all over the country are using the holidays of Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza, to give very special thanks to their teams.
Certainly, Receptionists, Assistants, and Hygienists are getting very special holiday smiles and praise from their dentists and administrators.
In the words of Dr. Sheri Doniger, contributing writer to the prestigious online periodical, DrBicuspid.com, “In looking back at 2020, we have many things to be grateful for and many people who have helped us in our journey to the end of this crazy year.”
Dr. Troy King echoes the same sentiment. He sends special kudos to the team here at Dentistry for Children, to our parents and caregivers, and to our brave little patients also. Bravo! And Happy Holidays!